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Among people everywhere there is increasing concern about the quality and safety of our food as well as concern about harm to the environment from ill-conceived agricultural activity. Tilth's mission is to promote environmentally sound and sustainable agriculture. We are devoted to learning about and promoting ways in which to raise food, ornamentals, other farm crops and farm animals without damage to the environment.

In The News ...

Earth, Food and Art Are the Heart of the Market

Journalist Kate Poss and her husband Bill visited the market Sunday, July 23 and were inspired to do a story for Kate's Blog, This is Whidbey.

Autumn Harvest Celebration September 22

Hear the toe-tapping music of the Cranberry Bog Blugrass Band while you shop at the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers' Market this Sunday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a community apple juice pressing, field games and a raffle to win a whole pie. Bring up to two five-gallon buckets of apples to press and bring a jug for the juice. Win prizes for several field games. Raffle tickets are $5 for a slice of pie and a chance to win a whole pie donated by Wild Crow Pie Co. Click here to download a flier to print.

SNAP and FMNP customers are welcome. SNAP customers receive double value on their purchases thanks to a grant from the Goose Community Grocers.

Alex Martinis is customizing his tie-dye t-shirts and can now add your logo. Ginny Kuehn has quilted potholders, coasters and more. Badeahís cards, jewelry and head bands are beautiful.

Look for Eggplants, tomatoes, chilies, basil, lettuce mix, tomatillos, mushrooms and more from farmers' Maha Farm, FRedís Produce, Old School Market Farm and the Community Produce booth. Pizzas, frittatas, crispy cheese breads and fresh garden salads are available from the kitchen. The Laughing Cat serves organic coffee, tea, lemonade, sodas and hot chocolate.

Contact Kirstin, the market manager or download an agreement from the Market page.Do you have extra starts or garden produce? Sell it at the Community Produce booth, email Community Produce to make arrangements.

Next Farmerís Shadow Discussion/Class Is October 1

The Farmerís Shadow is a monthly drop-in educational event sponsored by South Whidbey Tilth and Slow Food Whidbey Island. Led by South Whidbey farmer Anza Muenchow, meetings start with a short presentation on a chosen topic. There is plenty of time for questions and open discussion.

Click here for the schedule.

These are key questions for every new gardener as well as those who are more experienced. Learn about the most reliable crops and seeds for our area. And maybe try something new this year. Besides our climate and projected climate variations this year, there are microclimates that help our different crops. Consider joining a community garden where you can share produce and growing tips from the other gardeners. Come to this inspiring class and get ready for a great season.

Meetings are held on the First Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bayview Sears House, 2812 E Meinhold Road, Langley. Meetings are drop-in, no need to preregister. We ask for a donation of $5 to $10 to benefit South Whidbey Tilth and Slow Food Whidbey Island. For more information contact Anza, education chair.

Tilth's Council of Trustees, Next Business Meeting September 19

The 2019 members of the governing council of trustees are Lynae Slinden, Edward Hueneke, Leah Claire, Andrťa Linton and Anza Muenchow. Trusees continuing the second year of their terms are Prescot, president; Kirstin Clauson and Ida Gianopulos. The next regular business meeting is Thursday, September 19 at 6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church annex in Freeland. Members are welcome to attend and participate. Questions? Contact the President for information or leave a message at 360-321-0757.

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Vounteer hours

South Whidbey Tilth depends on its volunteers. Please download a volunteer form as a pdf file. Keep track of your time all year. Mail to South Whidbey Tilth or email to the Treasurer.

Our Organization

Enjoy the Sustainability Campus

The South Whidbey Tilth 11-acre Sustainability Campus provides a unique, leisurely ambience and focus for learning. The campus is open for walking, and you can view our ongoing projects: demonstration field crops, community garden and orchard, forest trail and understory recovery project, native plant salvage beds operated by Native Plant Stewards, the highway vegetation management model, and bluebird nesting boxes established by Coupeville fifth-graders. Dog walkers, please usethe poop bags behind the restroom where the directional signs are. Use the trash can there.


Volunteer Opportunities

South Whidbey Tilth has opportunities for you to help with classes, farmers' market, community gardens, facilities maintenance and improvements and forest restoration projects.


Tilth History

On August 27, 1977, more than 70 people gathered at Pragtree Farm near Arlington, WA, to develop strategies for the sustainable agriculture movement in the Pacific Northwest. Known as the "Regional Planning Meeting," the gathering established the framework for the Tilth Association.


Recently the Berry Center in Kentucky posted a video of Wendell Berry's July 1, 1974 speech in Spokane. Wendell's insights are as powerful today as they were forty years ago. The full transcript of his speech is available on the Tilth Producers website.


The meeting at Pragtree Farm laid the foundation for organizing local Tilth chapters. The next spring the first chapters were formed in Seattle and in Southwest Washington, followed by Willamette Valley Tilth and Rogue Tilth in Oregon. By the summer of 1982 there were 15 Tilth chapters in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, with an estimated combined membership of 2,000.  At the Regional Planning Meeting three years later Anthony Judge's ideas were incorporated into Tilth's strategy of organizing autonomous local chapters empowered to respond to the needs of their communities. Over the past three decades the Tilth movement has ebbed and flowed, with the central organization dissolving into statewide organizations in Oregon and Washington, and local chapters forming and fading away. Because of its decentralized, ecological strategy, however, Tilth has continued to adapt, survive, and thrive. Today Tilth is experiencing a resurgence parallel to the growth of the organic food and farming nationwide. The complete story by one of the founders, Mark Musick is on the Washington Tilth website select History.


All the Tilth organizations celebrated the 40th anniversary at the Tilth Producers Conference in November 2014. Mary Berry, Wendell’s daughter, was a keynote speaker.


See our chapters at:

Oregon Tilth www.tilth.org

Tilth Alliance www.seattletilth.org

Sno-Valley Tilth www.snovalleytilth.org

Vashon Island Growers Association www.vigavashon.org


Online newsletters

2019 Fall South Whidbey Tilth Newsletter


  • Whidbey Celebrates Its Bounty............1
  • Tilth to Join Whidbey Harvest Festival.1
  • Farmers Can Help Climate Change.....2
  • Market News........................................2
  • Sandara Ziva Naphtali.........................3
  • Learning as We Grow..........................4
  • Importance of Trees.............................5
  • Tilth Fruit Comes into Season..............5
  • A Note About Trees..............................5
  • Tree of Life Mural Project.....................7
  • President’s Message............................7
  • Tilth Campus for Pollinators.................8
  • Fair Buzz..............................................9

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